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  2. It's really too bad that HBO's new management (after being bought up) didn't come in years earlier. After all they are the ones who gave D&D the actual boot and said 'not thank you guys, never again with you for anything'. Imagine what they could have done and how it might have made the show better for everyone. Lets face it, there are plenty who think Sansa only became QitN because D&D had just turned the only two female rulers into Mad Queens and probably thought it would smooth things over. Except even her becoming Queen is completely misogynistic. She only gets to become Queen when all of her male relatives are either dead, higher up or exiled.
  3. williamjm

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    I thought Wales got very lucky there, France really threw the game away with the red card and even after that Wales still seem to be struggling to really take advantage of the extra man. It's a pity Japan couldn't make their quarter final competitive, but they should be very proud of their tournament despite that.
  4. Consigliere

    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    Best result we could have possibly hoped for. Doesn't really help our predicament though. Liverpool dominating possession helped us and obviously the players themselves would have been motivated because it's Liverpool but the underlying issue is still a very concerning one - we look utterly clueless with the ball unless we've been afforded the space to counter attack.
  5. Iskaral Pust

    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    That’s it in a nutshell.
  6. Soylent Brown

    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    Oh well, we've been threatening to drop points for a while. Hopefully Klopp starts to use the creative midfielders more in future.
  7. Consigliere

    Rugby: Building up to Japan

    Personally, I don't agree with a quota at club and international level. That's why I stated in my original post that I agree with Kolisi's view on the matter. The focus should be on increasing and developing the pool of players of colour at youth level by directing resources to ensure that these players have equal opportunity in accessing the training and facilities that their white counterparts do. However, going that route would have only borne fruit in the long term and the South African government wanted more immediate results.
  8. ljkeane

    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    Well that was shit. Liverpool were rubbish and didn’t deserve the win but getting screwed over by VAR was annoying.
  9. Well hell... I’m in Evanston, Illinois (outside Chicago) for the week and there’s a Chili’s across the street from the hotel. Figured they’d have all the games... Nope only local channels. And the host wasn’t sure what nearby place might have them. No Skins v Niners for me.
  10. Paladin of Ice

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Mine would probably go: 1. Warren . . . 2. Booker 3. Castro 4. Harris 5 Sanders (I want the country to go in a more leftist direction, but I think Sanders will inevitably fuck it up if he were actually given the reins, so despite the fact that I was rooting for him during the 2016 primary he's way down my list now.) 6. ... Buttigieg, I guess? I'm pretty meh towards the guy and have refused to consider him throughout, so it feels weird that he's even up this high. 7. Biden, although I hate thinking it would come to that. 8. O'Rourke, who I think is a fuck up and would be absolute poison to Democrats with some of his proposals. 9. Klobuchar and the various do nothing so-called moderates. Would not even consider except as an alternative to Trump, and even then I'll be feeling sick casting a vote for them: Yang, Gabbard. Not impressed by a dumbass techbro with the "generosity" to let people live on 12K a year and thinks the federal workforce needs to be drastically trimmed. (Although he's had one or two humanizing moments on the campaign, like a time I heard him get sincerely choked up talking about shooting victims the age of his own kids.) Gabbard's tendency towards isolation might have appealed to me about 10 years ago, but we've since seen the retreating from the world isn't viable and leaving that hole means it gets filled by types even less savory than the US is right now, see China, Russia, and company. I have no reason to want to see a DINO who goes and whines on Fox News and Breitbart about how evulz democrats are every time things don't go her way, there are plenty of Republicans already doing that schtick. Also, I fight against cult members who have a history of discrimination, who refuse to participate in Democracy by doing things like, say, showing up to a debate with an opponent for their seat in the House, and who cozy up authoritarians that want to make minority religions second class citizens (at best) in their own country. I don't make them my fucking choice for president. Will not even consider as an alternative to Trump: Williamson. I don't think the reasons need to be explained, even though she's had occasionally moments of basic insight.
  11. Ramsay B.

    MLB Postseason: Bat Fight!

    I don’t agree, I hope he stays. He’s still got some left in the tank, and it’s not that easy to find a solid closer. Only 2 more seasons anyways.
  12. polishgenius

    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    ...that is exactly my point dude. Your entire team is acting like James does whenever McTominay or anyone puts in a challenge harder than a puff of wind.
  13. Soylent Brown

    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    Dan James is the size of Kylie Minogue, only he goes over more easily. McTominay is a physical player, sure, but fucking Dan James?
  14. Martell Spy

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    I'm sorry, but that is a really terrible comparison. Palin quickly exposed her-self as a know-nothing, and ridiculously proud of it. It's like the direct opposite of HRC. If by triggered you mean voters were concerned about an incompetent gaining access to the nuke codes, then yes, that happened. Because McCain dying in office was a live possibility.
  15. Corvinus

    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    lol, who else could screw up in defense but Young.
  16. ljkeane

    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    Lindelof has kicked him, it’s not like it was just a coming together. How’s that not a foul?
  17. A Horse Named Stranger

    Chess - the world in black and white

    And Wang Hao is putting an end to any hopes Anand might have had about somehow qualifying here. Looks totally busted. So does Matlakov against Carlsen. So two more names on the won'T make it to the candidates list.
  18. polishgenius

    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    Anyway so far this is showing the danger in Liverpool getting used to relying on the referee for favourable overprotection. As soon as they face a team big enough that refs won't call for fouls on physical but fair challenges just coz Liverpool want that to happen, they start to wilt. Whole team of Daniel Jameses. McTominay is their living nightmare.
  19. Simon Steele

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    But this was the whole point, wasn't it? That Clinton's loss comes from misogyny? You and I can go in circles around Sanders or Warren's devotion to class struggle, but they are the best we have at the moment. And I'll take them. Any of the squad, down the line, may be great, but until then, I'll take the best options. I have often told friends that I am left of Bernie. This is no secret. There is no purity test. He aligns closest to the issues of capital that are crippling Americans.
  20. Raja

    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    Yeah - I don't see it either. Not every contact is a foul. Origi was trying to buy it.
  21. Ebenstone

    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    I am so happy for you!
  22. polishgenius

    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    I missed most of the first half coz of family stuff but having seen the incident back fucking lol at Origi realising he'd given the ball straight to McTominay and diving on the faintest contact to try to get out of it. And people are claiming that VAR call was wrong?
  23. A Horse Named Stranger

    Football: dropping clangers and scoring bangers

    Only reading events on the ticker, as in too lazy to look for a stream. But my ticker said, that LIndelöf basically fouled Origi before the United goal. Like in no intention to play the ball, just going for the player.
  24. Zorral

    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    Over the past 3 weeks or so I've tried and tried and tried to read Ruin of Kings Vol. 1 in what is going to be a huge series of huge volumes -- I believe the second vol. is already published too, while the first book came out in -- February? And its chapters have been running on the Tor website for what seems years. Just ... couldn't. One big reason is the so-called frame narrator-achivist's tone of voice, who appears on nearly every page in footnotes, interrupting every action sequence. I've never had that reaction to footnotes in fiction before, as with The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. I loved Díaz's footnotes. But also disliked Kings' -- o dear -- lost (gorgeous, talented, whom women of all ages find so charming no matter how young this male is) heir to an empire, hundreds of gods, goddesses, demons and whatever religions, groups of this and that with names like the Black Company, banging on and on about them all -- o so much exposition poorly disguised as conversation. In truth, this all reads more like a board role playing game manual than a novel. But then, as I learned by reading the back flap, the author is a video game designer, so that explains it. Still reading as both academic and popular history a whole cluster of histories and biographies of Europe's 14th century -- some of which are 2nd and even 3rd re-reads. There is so much I can't seem to learn about that hinge of the 14th century, the bubonic plague and its aftermaths, plus periodic returns. I can't figure out how armies of such size could still be formed for the 100 years war, and all those war band companies like Hawkwood's were able to be financed, considering the death toll of both people and animals -- and that proportionately it was women and slightly less for me of prime working age died in the greatest numbers. But this all happened -- there is enormous primary documentation -- but nothing much that tells me how it was able to happen -- and who financed and organized the clean up of the truly staggering messes left by each wave of plague, when the surviving lords couldn't find adequate labor to farm their now deserted by death domains.
  25. Seli

    Amazing Book Deals: The Third

    For a short few hours more, a bunch of Gollanncz published novels available for 1 or 2. For most works the sale seems to be on in Europe at least. https://www.amazon.co.uk/stores/page/8079AB76-273B-4CBB-AC4F-F212344911F0
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